Stars from the Indian film industry staged a silent protest in Mumbai, walking from Joggers Park to Amphitheatre Carter road displaying banners and placards to express their outrage following the rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in an abandoned textile mill in central Mumbai Thursday evening. Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, Reshma D'souza, Singer Sona Mohapatra, Karanveer Bohra along with his wife Teejay Sidhu, Kushaal Punjabi, Aparnaa Bajpai, Satish Reddy, Actor Dalip Tahil and MLA Baba Siddique joined the protest against rape in Mumbai.
Sonam Kapoor said, "I am really shocked and taken aback with the recent shameful incident that took place in Mumbai. A sheer act of cowardice."
Bollywood actor Dilip Tahil said, "It is a shameful and extremely disturbing event which is very shocking. We want justice and punish them."
Actor Karanveer Bohra expressed anguish about the horrific rape and said, "Sad validation of the fact that NO city in India is safe for women. It is after all the same prevention/enforcement mechanism in use all over."
Kannada Actress Reshma D'souza express her anger and said, "A young photographer gang raped, her colleague thrashed in Mahalaxmi area Mumbai. Still no fear rapists feel they can get away! Economy is down, corruption on the rise and state of law and order is shameful." Kushaal Punjabi who was seen supporting the cause said, "This time, if we don't act, it's over. We will be sealing the fate for all our girl children. It isn't about Mumbai or Delhi. It's about India. We need to find a way to protect them. My heart goes out to the victim and I hope and pray that God gives her the strength to make it through this ordeal."
The woman who was raped was a photojournalist intern for an English-language magazine in Mumbai. She was on assignment with a male colleague shooting pictures of an abandoned mill in the Mahalaxmi area in the south of the city when five men tied up the man she was with and raped her for one-and-a-half hours, according to police. Journalists and media personalities were also seen lending their support to the protest.
Text and images: Sify.com
In picture: Sonam Kapoor